Organic chemistry

Sal and Jay cover topics covered in college organic chemistry course. Basic understanding of basic high school or college chemistry assumed (although there is some review).
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Structure and bonding

Dot structures, hybridization, bond-line structures, electronegativity, polarity, physical properties

Resonance and acid-base chemistry

Formal charges, oxidation states, oxidation-reduction reactions, resonance structures, acid-base chemistry

Alkanes, cycloalkanes, and functional groups

Naming alkanes and cycloalkanes, conformations of alkanes and cycloalkanes, functional groups

Stereochemistry

Chirality, stereoisomers, assigning configurations using the R,S system, optical activity, diastereomers, meso compounds

Substitution and elimination reactions

SN1, SN2, E1, E2, nucleophiles, nucleophilicity, basicity

Alkenes and alkynes

naming alkenes and alkynes, reactions of alkenes and alkynes, synthesis

Alcohols, ethers, epoxides, sulfides

alcohols, ethers, epoxides, thiols, sulfides

Conjugation, Diels-Alder, and MO theory

conjugation, conjugated dienes, addition reactions of conjugated dienes, diels-alder reaction, MO theory, color

Aromatic compounds

aromatic compounds, naming derivatives of benzene, electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions

Aldehydes and ketones

nomenclature and reactions of aldehydes and ketones

Carboxylic acids and derivatives

naming carboxylic acids, formation of carboxylic acid derivatives

Alpha carbon chemistry

formation of enolate anions, aldol condensations

Amines

nomenclature and reactions of amines

Spectroscopy

IR, UV/Vis, and NMR Spectroscopy
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